As much as I would like to keep my political views to myself, it is difficult to stay mum amidst the increasing political online posts and news especially now that the presidential elections is just around the corner. Politics was never my cup of tea and being married to a son of a former ambassador doesn’t help either. As a matter of fact, whenever my father-in-law would talk about the South China Sea dispute and other political issues both in and out of the country with his children, I keep quiet and just basically listen because I know politics will never be my thing. So, before I begin, let me put a disclaimer: this is solely my opinion (which I know I am entitled to). I am not an expert on this but just like you, I am hoping and praying for a better Philippines.
The clock is ticking. I know whose name I’ll write in the box as vice-president while who to vote for as president still has a big question mark. Here are my thoughts about those running for the presidency:
- Binay- Multiple allegations of corruption. Thinks and feels that Makati is his. A congenital liar. Claims to come from a poor family but doesn’t have a genuine platform on how to alleviate the life and living conditions of the poor. It’s all for show and if he truly is sincere, I dare him convert his hacienda to a housing project for thousands of homeless in Manila or Makati rather.
- Poe- this is a no-brainer. Simple lang. Why will I vote for someone who has renounced her citizenship? Article VII, Section 2 of the 1987 Constitution provides that no person may be elected President unless he is a natural-born citizen of the Philippines, a registered voter, able to read and write, at least forty years of age on the day of the election, and a resident of the Philippines for at least ten years immediately preceding such election. If she can get her way despite what the rule of the land requires, makes me very scared of what she can do if she becomes the President so, a BIG no.
- Duterte- yeah, he made Davao what it is now. I like his platform on corruption and eradicating crimes and drugs but I couldn’t bring myself to agree with his position on some issues like giving away the presidency to Bongbong Marcos (if he wins as VP) if he couldn’t keep his promise of eradicating crime like he said. No to another Marcos (who is unapologetic and another congenital liar) as president, please?
- Mar- where did the Yolanda funds go? What has been done to improve the traffic in Metro Manila and the nearby provinces? When will our international airports be on par with the international airports of our ASEAN neighbours? Authored a number of bills and resolutions but I see lack of balls in implementation.
- Santiago- the depth of her knowledge on our laws surpasses all the other candidates. could be very feisty but is she fit enough to carry our country’s problems on her shoulders?
The difficulty in choosing my president lies in my sincere desire to see a better Philippines because it is high time for our country to be ruled by someone who is very much qualified and capable to govern, has the will and sincere desire to change the Philippines for the better, and whose values we can all look up to and respect. We need a leader who will drive our economy to greater heights, yes, but right at this moment, our country is in dire need of someone who can affect change in each one of us. We always say we need to see a change in how our government is being run but really, the change we need is a change in the way we think, behave, and act as citizens of this country. For me, it takes a great (actually, phenomenal) leader to inspire people to begin the change within themselves. I have set my standards so high because I know my country deserves so much more and I hope you do too. Thus, let us not be fooled and fall blindly for anything that looks and sounds good. It is time that we make informed decisions not only for ourselves but also for the future generations. The future of the Philippines lies in our ability to discern the right from wrong now.
As election day becomes imminent, I pray that we make the right choice but even more so, that, whoever will win be surrounded by people who can rebuke him/her when he/she does something wrong. We need these people in the new administration. People who can point out the mistakes of the leader and a leader who doesn’t only take in the compliments but humbly recognizes his or her mistakes too.